Re: [OPE] Cockshott on liberal democracies.

From: Alejandro Agafonow <>
Date: Wed Sep 24 2008 - 07:51:46 EDT

Paul, I think that your characterization of liberal democracies as “essentially monarchic” has a week point. That to be essentially monarchic liberal democracies had to impose “formal entry barriers” to democratic actors aiming to represent the popular demands for redistribution and consumption.   Liberal democracies in industrialized countries don’t have these formal entry barriers and Venezuela and Costa Rica didn’t have them even in the convulsed times of 60’s and 70’s.   The lack of these formal barriers help to explain the growth and further consolidation of political parties supporting the Welfare State in industrialized countries, and the achievements in this direction during a considerable part of the democratic history of third world countries like Venezuela and Costa Rica.   Of course, there are other entry barriers concerning financing political parties that could prevent the consolidation of the political left, and this is especially sensitive in contemporary times when media play an important role in political campaigns. But this could be overcome within liberal democracies with proper legislation and control. I am sure Scandinavians countries have done a lot here, but I have to document this assertion.   Nevertheless, I think that your criticism on liberal democracies have to be revised in the light of these considerations.   Sincerely yours,A. Agafonow ----- Mensaje original ---- De: Paul Cockshott <> Para: Outline on Political Economy mailing list <> Enviado: miércoles, 24 de septiembre, 2008 11:19:02 Asunto: Re: [OPE] Venezuela and Human Rights Watch Alejandro Agafonow wrote: >  > > So, neither Cuba nor the former Soviet Union were less harmful > dictatorships because they have rule of law. And Chávez is destroying > the institutions that guarantee the balance of power, undermining even > more the weak democratic rule of law in Venezuela. He has accumulated > too much power in his own person! > That is why I wrote in my piece that Monarchy has been the characteristic form of revolutionary government from Cromwell onwards. _______________________________________________ ope mailing list

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